The letter arrives at the dead of night, in the mouth of a messenger bird. You take it from its beak and give the fowl a treat before sending it off again.
The letter has a small packet of seeds attached within. A red ribbon holds the letter together.
I've taken your words to heart and have started a small garden on board the ship. Surprisingly, the crew enjoys it as much as I do. I think they're just happy to do something that isn't cleaning the deck.
I've sent you a few seeds to grow. (Even though I'm not sure how legal it is to grow non-native fruits where you are, but following laws have never been my strong suit I suppose.)
We've long since left the island, sailing eastwards. I'm always a bit nervous when heading there, as anything close to Inazuma always makes me nervous, but I trust Beidou. She's sailed this pathway many times and has never had any issues.
The next two sentences are scribbled out heavily, you can't make out the words if you tried.
Disregard that. I'm probably just being paranoid.
I'll be home in a few months, with any luck. I can't wait to see you again.
Keep holding onto that shell for me,
⠀[ This letter arrives in the early morning, as the dawn breaks and transforms into the day, delivered by a bird that has a small ribbon around it’s leg. Although the envelope smells like wind and sea from it’s long journey, when it’s opened, there’s a distinct scent of sweet vanilla. Aside from the slip of paper, there is also another weight inside–– a resin-cast red maple leaf, small enough to fit in the palm of one’s hand, with a small hole drilled into the resin and a durable red tie laced through it, long enough to fit around one’s neck. Under the light of the morning sun, the gift shines. ]
⠀My love, I hope this letter finds you well! Are you alright? It seems as if there’s something on your mind, if your last letter is anything to go by. If you have any worries, please feel free to tell me about them. You know that it’s never a bother to hear about your troubles, and it might ease your mind some.
⠀I’m glad to hear that my request has done you good in some way! I remember your fellow sailors complaining about how often they’ve eaten fish before when I used to visit you on the ship, so I hope they enjoy the variety of their meals then, haha.
⠀The seeds that you’ve sent me seem to be doing fine as well–– They’re growing healthily, and seem to enjoy the sun. Thankfully, the authorities haven’t come knocking on my door quite yet, demanding that I hand over my newfound plant children, so I like to think that I’ve avoided any trouble with the law.
⠀On a different note, I’ve found this pretty thing in a new stall in the market yesterday.I couldn’t help but think of you when I saw it, for obvious reasons, i just had to send it over. I actually drilled that hole in it and tied the string myself, so you can wear it near your heart and lessen the risk of it falling out of your pocket or hand, since I’m sure you’re quite busy. I hope you like it, Kazuha. Let it be a reminder of how much I care for you, dearest, and that I think of you always.
⠀I hope this letter and gift from home alleviate your worries somewhat. Captain Beidou is a capable woman, and you have a mighty ship, so there is little cause for concern. But still, stay safe and remain vigilant, alright? I’ll be eagerly awaiting the day that I can greet you at the docks once more, no matter how long it may take. The shell you’ve gifted me is lovely, and holding it reminds me of you, but I still do miss holding your hand in mine. Please stay safe and well, dearest.
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